Yarmouth Harbour’s historic pier opened to large yachts

Superyachts cruising in the Solent are to be offered berthing within Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight.
Beginning in 2012, large yachts, both sail and power, will be able to dock at the end of one of the oldest and longest wooden piers in the UK.
Yarmouth is in a superb position at the Western end of the Solent; its natural deepwater harbour is renowned for its protected entrance, beautiful surroundings, and air of tranquillity.
The perfect sailing destination for a relaxing get-away; the harbour’s modern facilities provide an ideal base from which to explore this relaxing, historic town, famed for its quaint streets and excellent pubs and restaurants.
Yarmouth’s location is also a great base for exploring the island beyond;
  • The Needles Battery
  • Yarmouth Castle
  • Tennyson Down
  • Alum Bay.

The 190-metre Pier was opened on 19th July 1876 and has suffered collisions, renovations, and gribble worm damage during its 135-year history.
In 1975, the pier was listed as Grade 2 structure.
Because of the Pier’s age and history, alternatives to timber piles are not permitted, so the 100 piles are made from Greenheart timber, one of the hardest tropical hardwoods, but the piles are nevertheless eaten away between the high and low water levels, which results in all piles being replaced every 15-20 years.
Yarmouth Harbour has completed more than £1.4 million worth of improvements this year. The fuel berth has been moved near the harbour entrance and now accommodates four yachts, rather than two. Additional improvements include greater electrical and water capacity and improved Wi-Fi coverage.
Technical details –Yarmouth Pier;
  • Length from shore 190m
  • Length on ‘T’ 29m
  • Depth LWS 2m, HWS 5.5m
  • VHF Channel 68
  • Tel +44 (0)1983 760321
  • email info@yarmouth-harbour.co.uk

One comment

  1. There was an enormous superyacht at Yarmouth last month, does anyone know what yacht it was?

    Unfortunately, I don’t have one myself! But I live in Yarmouth and it is amazing to see the Harbour take this initiative, it is a really lovely harbour.

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